Animal Rights Activist Jailed
1. An animal rights activist was jailed earlier this month after being found guilty by a jury at Oxford Crown Court of conspiracy to commit arson, after a 4-week retrial. Judge Patrick Eccles QC sentenced Mel Broughton, 49, of Northampton to 10 years in jail.
2. Broughton was found guilty of planting homemade petrol bombs at Oxford University. He put the devices under a portable cabin and on the roof of a cricket pavilion. The pavilion device caused damage put at £14,000, but 2 other bombs failed to go off. Broughton was protesting against the building of an animal testing laboratory at Oxford.